|Ode to Gravity: Distel Bitzos|
While in Bern, Switzerland in the Summer of 1972, Charles Amirkhanian and his wife Carol Law, interviewed two avant-garde artists who were then working in the area of visual art and sound poetry. Born in 1942, Herbert Distel, had already produced a number of iconic works, including a large Styrofoam egg, which he famously photographed as it floated in a large body of water, as well as his mini museum, a cabinet featuring 500 tiny installations by some of the world’s greatest living artists...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Avant-Garde; Interview; Music
|Ode to Gravity: Interspecies Music|
For many years, Jim Nollman has explored the limits of human-animal communication. Along the way he has made some highly provocative tapes. In this program he talks with Charles Amirkhanian and introduces his recordings, including his now famous “Turkey Song”, in which human slide whistlers perform a call-and-response improvisation with the flock of gobblers at the Willy Bird Farm. Also heard is a recording of a colony of kangaroo rats and wild burros, made during a recent visit to Death Val...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Other Finds; Jim Nollman
|Ode to Gravity: Ode to Ben Amirkhanian in honor of his 74th birthday|
Charles Amirkhanian with a special surprise program in honor of famous Armenian-American majors born on July 17, 1915, (his father Benjamin).
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Other Finds; Benjamin Amirkhanian
|Ode To Gravity: Bon Bonn Bon|
Originally broadcast on the evening of the 200th anniversary of Beethoven's birth this program would have had the deaf composer holding his head in amazement. An energetic mix of assorted musical genres, this program combines the madness one would associate with the Fugs with the elegance reminiscent of a Chopin nocturne, with a healthy dose of jazz and a little bit of poetry by Ezra Pound thrown in for seasoning...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Classical Music
|Ode to Gravity: Music from Sudan and Armenia|
In this program we hear music performed by Sudanese virtuoso Hamza El Din, as well as a selection of Armenian folk music, and an interview with Dikran Karagueuzian, editor of the San Francisco based newspaper, the Armenian Guardian.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; World Music
|Ode to Gravity: Presented by Harry S. Baptist|
An eclectic collage of mostly unidentified music and sounds supposedly presented by those legendary KPFA music directors Harry S. Truman and John the Baptist. Some of the music heard can be tentatively identified as jazz pieces by the Phil Yost Trio, Chick Corea, and Benny Goodman, others seem to be by the Senufo peoples of Ivory Coast, and the pygmies of Burundi, as well as at least one and possibly two excerpts from Lou Harrison’s “Pacifika Rondo”...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Jazz; Soundscapes
|Ode to Gravity: The Public Imagination|
Amirkhanian interviews participants at an unusual visual arts conference held at DeBenneville Pines in the San Bernardino National Forest. Included are Ken Friedman, director of the conference and a renowned visual artist, Barbara Haskell, curator of the Pasadena Art Museum, and Wayne Arneson. Harvard Divinity School student who discusses his school for people who might want to live on other planets...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview; Modern Art
|Ode To Gravity: George Antheil & Four Lives in Paris|
Charles Amirkhanian introduces three recordings of compositions by George Antheil, the original bad boy of music, who lived from 1900 to 1959. Amirkhanian also discusses “Four Lives in Paris,” Hugh Ford’s book documenting the lives of Antheil, Kay Boyle, Harold Stearns, and Margaret Anderson as Americans living in France during the heady days of the early 20th century. Published by North Point Press of Berkeley, California, the volume brings to light information about four, representative,...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview; Music; George Antheil
|Ode to Gravity: Rain-Drain by Karlheinz Martens|
Another auditory collage of poetry, music, stories and sounds from Charles Amirkhanian’s groundbreaking radio program, “Ode To Gravity”. In this edition you will hear Charles recite a poem by Nano Valaorites, some quiet jazz music, and a short story read by its author, Mort Bennett, among other assorted aural amusements. Don’t worry about the meaning of it all just sit back and absorb the sonic vibrations.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Poetry; Soundscapes
|Ode to Gravity: The People's Opera 1970 (Aerosol, or The Computer That Couldn’t Hear)|
An intermedia opera, scored by Liam O’Gallagher, for four FM stations and a chorus of nine transistor radios with two soloist or maybe three...via the Bell System plus tapes of Robert Moran and Charles Amirkhanian. Reminiscent of some of John Cage’s aleatory compositions for FM radio this opera contains an amalgam of sounds ranging from Peking Opera, to sound poetry, to snippets of TV, to musicians performing on a variety of instruments...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Avant-Garde; Soundscapes
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|Ode to Gravity: An Indelible Admixture|
Sped up host Sparky, presents an indelible admixture of organ music, jazz, and sound poetry. First heard is “Liberation Waltz” by (or from) the Berkeley, California based Felicity Facility. This is followed by a selection of musical settings by David Durrah and his jazz band poems of poems by Edward Mycue. The program then concludes with two word-tape pieces by Selrahc Nimajneb Nainahkrima, (a.k.a...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Jazz; Sound Poetry
|Ode To Gravity: Aspects of the Visionary|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with David Graham, Gerry Duncan, and Christopher & Teresa Venne about their publication “Attitudes 1”, a futuristic thought collection issued in mid-1971. The publication grew out of the groups interest in the work of British economist, Robert Theobald, but evolved past his theories of a guaranteed annual income, to embrace more Utopian and Spiritual theories, including reincarnation...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Lecture; Panel Discussion
|Ode To Gravity: Kenward Elmslie|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with New York poet Kenward Elmslie, author of numerous books including Circus Nerves, Motor Disturbances, The Orchid and Album. Elmslie has also written librettos for several operas: Miss Julie by Ned Rorem and The Sweet Bye and Bye and Lizzie Borden by Jack Beeson. On this program Elmslie reads some beautifully wacky verse from his recent books including some he has composed tunes for, and introduces two songs from the musical comedy The Grass Harp (music by Claibe Ric...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Interview; Poetry; Kenward Elmslie
|Ode to Gravity: Rubber Stamp Art|
The Ellis Rubber Stamp Co. was founded in 1929 by H.R. Ellis and his son, Walter, who continues to produce rubber stamps of over 1000 different visual designs plus custom stamps for regular retail customers. Charles Amirkhanian, Ken Friedman and Carol Law have produced a series of graphic works exclusively utilizing rubber stamp images. In this program Charles talks with Walter Ellis and several of his employees at the Ellis Co...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Other Finds; Rubber Stamps
|Ode To Gravity: Do Fraig Amors, etc...|
Another excellent example of an early Ode to Gravity program. This time it is an interesting mix of music and spoken word, ranging from Medieval Germanic choral music, avant-garde orchestral works, American popular music from the 1920s or 1930s, canary’s chirping, spell casting, bowling advice and other assorted sounds.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Orchestral Music
|Ode to Gravity: An Evening of Jazz and Poetry|
A program of poetry, jazz, and text-sound composition, featuring works by the Bobby Scott Trio, Charles Amirkhanian, Miles Davis, and Chris Hottel. The program begins with an early version of one of Charles Amirkhanian’s popular works of sound poetry, “Radii,” which takes as its text every word in the dictionary that begins with “r-a-d-i”. This is followed by four pieces by the Bobby Scott Trio taken from an old 1953 Savoy recording (MG 15055)...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Jazz; Poetry; Music; Interview
|Ode To Gravity: The Dial-A-Poem Poets|
Amirkhanian introduces a program of poetry from the Dial-A-Poem exhibits organized by John Giorno at the Museum of Modern Art and other spaces. These poems were originally available to the general public via a special telephone number from the The Architectural League of New York. However due to some of the adult content contained in certain pieces the project was threatened with lawsuit’s from concerned, conservative parents and the telephone number was eventually disconnected...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Poetry; Spoken Word
|Ode to Gravity: New musical releases of 1983|
Charles Amirkhanian introduces three remarkable new LP's and an old classic from 1979. (1) Life is a Killer - mostly rock pieces by poets, including Amiri Baraka, William S. Burroughs, Jim Carroll, Jayne Cortez, John Giorno, Brion Gysin, Rose Lesniak, and Ned Sublette (Giorno Poetry Systems GPS 027); (2) Machine Guitars - by Dutch composer Remko Scha, who plays electric guitars with saber saws, ropes and flexible metal rods; (3) Piano Solo, Vol...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; Poetry; Popular Music
|Ode to Gravity: Pianos Not Rag|
Originally billed as “a survey of recorded keyboard literature simultaneous with a production of The Verbal Séance Players”, this program is a mix of music, mostly piano, but also some jazz and bits of orchestral works seemingly randomly overlaid with multiple tracks of poetry, recited by a variety of voices. One of the pieces of poetry is tentatively identified at the start of the program as being “Words” a 1969 text-sound composition by Charles Amirkhanian...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Sound Poetry; Poetry
|Ode To Gravity: New Music and New Books on Music|
In this educational and erudite program, recorded on February 25, 1976, Charles Amirkhanian begins by introducing two compositions: “Inori” a work for orchestra by Karlheinz Stockhausen, who in an interview with Dutch Radio describes his disappointment with the lack of popular engagement with many of his compositional choices; and “Empty Mirror” a 1975 text-sound composition by Neil Rolnick...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview; Music; New Music; Orchestral Music
|Ode to Gravity: Music by Edward MacDowell, Irving Fine, & André Jolivet|
Charles Amirkhanian plays two works for solo piano and then a piano concerto. The first piece is by the American composer, Edward MacDowell, whose estate in Petersboro, NH was later converted by his widow into a sanctuary named the MacDowell Colony, where to this day artists can go to spend several months in peaceful surroundings and work on their art. The second piece, by Irving Fine, was actually composed while he was a resident of the Colony...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; 20th Century Classical; Classical Music
|Ode to Gravity: The Music of Joanna Brouk|
Music to induce serenity. Charles Amirkhanian talks with Joanna Brouk, a Berkeley composer whose interests lies in the sounds that can be perceived by listening to “impurities” within larger tones. These impurities, called overtones, are utilized in the making of the six pieces heard here. Ms. Brouk modulates her voice with an synthesizer in three of these pieces. In another she uses repeated tones in the low range of a grand piano...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Joanna Brouk
|Ode to Gravity: Segue Tech|
Introduced in the KPFA Folio with only the brief phrase, “to put side by side, put close together”, this program follows the same formula of other early Ode to Gravity programs by juxtaposing musical selections from a variety of styles and genres. It begins with a Tin Pan Alley song from the 1920s quickly followed by a quirky player piano, an experimental piece for flute and voice, piano rag music, and it only gets better from there.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Music; New Music; Avant-Garde
|Ode To Gravity: Barton and Priscilla McLean|
Composer-performers Barton and Priscilla McLean of Austin Texas are Charles Amirkhanian’s guests on this edition of Ode to Gravity. This husband and wife duo introduce a number of their primarily electro-acoustic pieces. Their work often has an environmental or political dimension, as is the case with The Last Ten Minutes, which envisions a nuclear holocaust, and Beneath the Horizon III which combines whale songs with a tuba solo to create an evocative sense of longing.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview; Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
|Ode to Gravity: Interview with Jacques Bekaert|
The radical Belgian political reporter Jacques Bekaert, a star of that country’s free-swinging national radio program, King Kong, is surreptitiously a prolific and talented avant-garde composer. While in the States to cover the 1972 presidential race he talked with Charles Amirkhanian about his music in this informal interview. Bekaert gives his impressions of the Nixon presidential campaign and then introduces four of his pieces, including a work utilizing the election eve speech of American ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Jacques Bekaert
|Ode to Gravity: Avant Garde Music in the Netherlands|
A fascinating visit with pianist Ton Hartsuiker and composer David Porcelijn, two prominent avant-garde figures in Holland and producers of that country’s nationwide weekly radio program, Musica Nova. Recorded January 15, 1974, in Hartsuiker’s home in The Hague, here is a light-hearted glimpse into the bowels of the obscure and little publicized aspects of experimental music in the Netherlands...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Sound Poetry; Dutch Radio
|Ode to Gravity: Sound Poems by Charles Amirkhanian & Tape Music by Bernard Parmegiani|
Charles Amirkhanian introduces text-sound compositions he made at the Swedish Radio in April, 1972, including Sound Nutrition, Radii, Dzarin Bess Ga Khorim, and others. Also on this program is Outreme, a piece for ondes martenot and tape by the French composer Bernard Parmegiani. The martenot is played by Arlette Sibon-Simonovitch.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Spoken Word; Sound Poetry; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
|Ode To Gravity: Soundscapes, Symphonies, and Sonatas|
In this program, Charles Amirkhanian plays an an eclectic mix of field recordings from Africa and the San Francisco Bay Area, interspersed with the first movement from a piano sonata by Mendelssohn, an early work by Roy Harris entitled “Symphony for Voices on Poems of Walt Whitman”, as well as a sonatina for cello and piano by Bernard Wagenaar, and sound poetry by Diter Rot and Emmett Williams The Westminster Choir performs the Harris work which is conducted by John Finley Williamson, while ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Music; 20th Century Classical; Soundscapes
|Ode to Gravity: Introducing the Buchla 700|
Donald Buchla's newest synthesizer, the 700, is introduced to the San Francisco community at a gathering held at the Sake Factory. Charles Amirkhanian interviews the inventor as well as numerous local composers about their experiences with Buchla's creations while we hear in the background people trying out the newest version.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Other Finds; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Buchla
|Ode to Gravity: The Environmental Songs of Phyllis Addison|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with composer Phyllis Addison, who introduces a selection of her “environmental songs”. Addison studied at Mills College where she received a BA in composition and environmental science and an MFA in electronic music and recording media. Her background as a classical pianist and a rock keyboardist and singer inform her own pieces. In this program she presents a selection of commercially unavailable songs, composed using the first generation of digital samplers and s...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Popular Music
|Ode to Gravity: The California College of Arts and Crafts - An Interview with Robert Forth & Michael McClure|
On the occasion of the 100th birth of Frederick Meyer, founder of California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC), Charles Amirkhanian talks with two faculty members, Robert Forth, artist and Director of Academic Affairs, and Michael McClure, poet and playwright. Founded in 1907, CCAC (known now as the California College of the Arts) has always offered innovative and unconventional programs for artists, and prides itself on its creative faculty and experimental approach to art and art education...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; CCAC; CCA; Interview; Modern Art; Art Schools
|Ode to Gravity: Bruce Hale, John Bischoff, and the Center for Contemporary Art|
The Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College is well known for it ambitious schedule of activities. John Bischoff and Bruce Hale talk with Charles Amirkhanian about their new activity, a Center for Contemporary Art, which is proposed to operate out of Mills and will emphasize video works and instruction. Hale describes the difficulties video artists have in getting their work distributed, due to the fact that most artist can only afford to work with half inch tape while TV only broadcasts ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Modern Art; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
|Ode To Gravity: Silvia Nakkach, 1992|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer, performer, and music therapist Silvia Nakkach (pronounced ‘nah-kash’). Born in Buenos Aires, Nakkach studied composition at Mills College with Anthony Braxton and David Rosenboom. She has since gone on to become the founder and director of The Vox Mundii Project, where Nakkach uses her singing as a means of healing and has explored the integration of classical and indigenous chants with other spiritual practices.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Silvia Nakkach; Interview; Music; New Music
|Ode to Gravity: Integral Instant (Four Situations) by Hammond Guthrie|
An evening of experimental literature, poetry, and music by the San Francisco based writer and inter-media artist, Hammond Guthrie, in collaboration with his colleagues, Peter Cosgrove, Max Crosley, and others. Heard are a number of poems, written and performed in the style of the Beat Generation, a spattering of electronic music, and an experimental auditory collage of free association. This program is dedicated to Tristan Tzara and William S...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Spoken Word; Sound Poetry; Experimental Literature
|Ode to Gravity: Stories and Poems by Mort Bennett and others|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with Mort Bennett, a Berkeley California writer, who reads several short stories and poems written by himself, as well as some translations he has made of poems by others.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Spoken Word; Poetry; Mort Bennett
|Ode to Gravity: CalArts Text-Sound Concert|
Charles Amirkhanian introduces an evening of text-sound pieces, recorded live in concert at the California Institute of the Arts on February 13, 1972,. Pieces heard were mostly composed by students of Ingram Marshall's, first in the world seminar on text sound compositions at Cal Arts. Also heard is a tape of a piece composed by the Swedo-Finish composer Tex Sound (E. Thogrim Baesjehode) as well as a piece (Moonbeams for Bedfellows) composed by Anne Mazonson based on a poem by Larry Eigner.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Spoken Word; Sound Poetry; CalArts
|Ode to Gravity: Tom Marioni Retrospective Show 1959 - 1973|
This recording documents the works of Tom Marioni, from 1959 to 1973. Marioni was the founder of the Museum of Conceptual Art of San Francisco (MOCA-SF), and the force behind a number of interesting programs found on radiOM.org. The reader heard in this recording is Marioni, who details his works in prose form. The statement was read at a show in Cambridge, MA., at Project Incorporated on February 13, 1973, and this document was prepared especially as a radio version of the same “piece”...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Inter-Media; Visual Arts; Modern Art; Tom Marioni
|Ode To Gravity: The Sound Poetry of Sten Hanson|
Charles Amirkhanian introduces the work of Sten Hanson, a writer turned sound poet who has been one of the most active composers of the Fylkingen group in Stockholm. The program includes an interview recorded on April 12, 1972 in Sweden, in which Hanson describes how he puts together his works and describes the computer studio for electronic music in Stockholm where he creates his sound poetry. Also heard are some of Hanson’s amusing voice pieces which are both political and humorous...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Interview and Music; Sound Poetry; Sten Hanson
|Ode to Gravity: Interviews with Hans Heinsheimer & Tom Johnson|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with Hans Heinsheimer, author of Best Regards to Aida, and one of 20th Century music’s most important publishing figures. His career spanned fifty years beginning with Universal Edition in 1923 and continuing with Boosey & Hawkes and Schirmer’s through 1979. At the age of 75, he offers his reminiscences about such personal acquaintances as Kurt Weill, Bela Bartok, and George Antheil...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Hans Heinsheimer; Tom Johnson; Interview; Music; 20th Century Classical
|Ode to Gravity: Sonos Handbell Ensemble|
The remarkable change-ringing talents of the Oakland based handbell ensemble Sonos, are explored in this live concert from the KPFA studios. Charles Amirkhanian introduces James Mitchell, director, and the musicians from the group, who all hail from the East Bay. Members of the Ensemble demonstrate the various techniques of handbell ringing. (from KPFA Folio)
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Music; 20th Century Classical; Classical Music; Sonos Handbell Ensemble
|Ode to Gravity: Charles Dodge|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Charles Dodge. Dodge specializes in composing computer speech music. He discusses how he composes and the pieces played on the program.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Sound Poetry; Charles Dodge
|Ode to Gravity: Avant-Garde Music and Art Festivals in Europe|
A program produced by Charles Amirkhanian, while he was in the Netherlands as part of an exchange program with VPRO (Holland Radio). Amirkhanian reviews a number of European musical festivals, including a concert of Letterist music. In addition Charles interviews Pierre Boulez after a recent performance of his works. Also interviewed is composer Mauricio Kagel in Cologne, Germany as he prepares for the premiere of his work, Zwei-Mann Orchester, a work scored for homemade instruments, crudely ope...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
|Ode to Gravity: Text-sound poetry by Charles Amirkhanian, Anthony Gnazzo, and Clark Coolidge|
A program of text-sound and poetry works by Anthony Gnazzo, Clark Coolidge, and Charles Amirkhanian. Gnazzo is interviewed by Charles about his career and the techniques he uses to create his compositions. Gnazzo, a pioneer in the field of electronic music who now lives in relative obscurity in Oakland, composes entirely on tape, and yet does not even have a tape or record player in his house. His rigorous training in music at Brandeis University under the tutelage of Arthur Berger, amply prepar...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Spoken Word; Sound Poetry; Charles Amirkhanian; Clark Coolidge; Anthony Gnazzo
|Ode to Gravity: The Music of Shulamit Ran|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews the young Israeli composer Shulamit Ran. Ran studied with Paul Ben-Haim from 1960 to 1963 and then at the Mannes College of Music in New York from 1963 to 1967 as a pianist and composer. This recording was made on February 27, 1981 in Chicago, where Ran was currently teaching at the University of Chicago.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Interview and Music; Chamber Music; Art Songs; Shulamit Ran
|Ode to Gravity: A Visit with Lars Gunnar Bodin|
On a live broadcast recorded February 25, 1971, Charles Amirkhanian talked with Lars-Gunner Bodin, Music Director of the Swedish Center for Technological Art, Fylkingen, regarding activities of the institution. Recent works produced there were also heard, including "Traces "(1970) by Bodin, "Don't Hesitate" by Sten Hanson, "Cybo II" (1967) by Bodin, and "Mr. Smith in Rhodesia" by Ake Hodell.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview; Sound Poetry; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Lars Gunnar Bodin
|Ode to Gravity: Bob Cobbing|
One of the best known sound poets in the world is Bob Cobbing, a dynamic gentleman who is active as a concrete (visual) poet, a performer of sound poetry, and a composer of taped poems. Cobbing talks about his activities as a book store operator (he ran Better Books in London for many years, turning it into a leading distribution point for avant-garde poets) and as a publisher of visual poetry. You will hear a selection of his sound poems and an engaging interview recorded in Cobbing’s home as...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Sound Poetry; Bob Cobbing
|Ode To Gravity: Frank Zappa: World Affairs Commentator, Part II|
From a program recorded on May 20, 1991, Frank Zappa returns to Ode To Gravity and is interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian while also fielding questions from KPFA listeners, just one month after appearing on the same program and announcing that he was considering running for President of the United Statees. While backing away from such a decision due to doubts about his ultimate preparedness for elected office, Zappa does shy away from his criticisms of censorship, right wing politics, and irrespo...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview; Music; Politics and Culture; Rock Music; Avant-Garde
|Ode to Gravity: Oceans in Motion|
Charles Amirkhanian introduces recordings of unusual 20th Century music released by the Ocean Records label. The brainchild of composer Allen Strange and friend David Porter, Ocean distributed cassettes of sound poetry, electronic music, Indonesian music, and other salty material, once a month to subscribers. In this program, Amirkhanian highlights Ocean’s Composers’ Cassettes recordings of music by Lou Harrison and Richard Dee (”Suite for Violin with American Gamelan”) and sound poetry ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; New Music; Sound Poetry
|Ode to Gravity: Peter Michael Hamel|
Peter Michael Hamel is a young German composer working outside the realm of traditional Central European avant-garde music. His Dharana, for solo group, orchestra and tape, was played at the 1973 Donaueschingen Music Festival in performance recorded here under the direction of Ernest Bour. Also, some selections from his solo album of electronic meditation music and a personal visit with the composer, recorded in Donaueschingen.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Peter Michael Hamel
|Ode To Gravity: Art and Music of Gerd De Vries|
Charles Amirkhanian presents a program on German composer and musicologist, Gerd de Vries, whose efforts to modernize the establishment music dictionary Riemann’s “Musick Lexicon” have been much appreciated by avant-garde composers. Due to his efforts, entries for such important composers as John Cage have gone from being just a couple of sentences to now filling up more than a page in this well known musical reference work...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Modern Art; Gerd De Vries